Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher Gasior and Kasia Matuszewska-Gasior

P.O. Box 8327 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8327 USA

Telephone/FAX# (540) 374-8124 (orders only!)

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Milbank-Amsler Rifles

Shipping Terms: We ship rifles by UPS Ground with full insurance. We charge standard shipping fee of $30 per rifle. This rate is valid only in the continental USA. International shipping is available at the cost. We take credit cards, checks and money orders. We also accept Western Union and MoneyGram transfers.

Model, Price, Number & Pictures

Description & Condition

Scarce Swiss M.1817/1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2750

Inventory # arc_0687

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching weapon number! Originally it was M.1817 flintlock infantry musket, purchased by Swiss cantonal militia. Later it was converted to M.1817/1842 smoothbore percussion musket, an then it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1817/1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1817/1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays conversion mechanism maker's markings on the breech, "GBR. SULZER" (Gebruder Sulzer, Winthertur). The lockplate still displays original flintlock musket maker name, "St. Blasien". Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the barrel, in front of the rear sight, "ZZ." (in the shield) and the weapon number "ZZ. 628" (Zeughaus Zurich, please, see pictures). The same markings are stamped on the socket bayonet. The right side of the buttstock displays a small cartouche and, "S.B. 1822". Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The rifle has all matching serial numbers (stamped on the barrel, stock and conversion mechanism only). The stock is made of walnut and extends to within three inch of the muzzle. The left side of the buttstock is scooped out for a cheek rest. The barrel is attached to the stock by three flat barrel bands, that are retained by springs. Two sling swivels are located on a stud in front of the trigger guard bow, and on the middle barrel band. There is a socket bayonet lug on the barrel, near the muzzle (please, see pictures). Flat, musket style steel buttplate. All steel furniture. Complete with an original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 58.25 inches. Barrel length: 40.75 inches. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. All complete and original. Difficult to find variation of Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible, original condition with a matching number bayonet! Serial# 41XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", pp.76-77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Scarce Swiss M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0626

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle converted from percussion M.1856 rifle. Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching serial number! Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Huckstuhl". These are the markings of the factory, or the workshop, that converted the rifle from percussion to breech loading system. The Luzern cantonal militia property markings and weapon's number, "542", are stamped on the back of the barrel, just in front of the rear sight (please, see pictures). The same cantonal markings are also stamped on the right side of the buttstock. The lock plate displays following gun maker's markings, "Crown over IM" and "Two Crossed Rifles" with letters, "VTCE". The latter is also stamped on the left side of the stock. Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. Swiss style rear sight. All steel furniture. Rifle style, "flat" buttplate. Two, military style sling swivels. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 84% of the finish is still present on the metal (turning to brownish color in some places). Somewhat fading case coloring on the lock plate and on some parts of the breech mechanism. Nice stock with some handling marks, minor dings and light scratches. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on the stock and metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 52 inches. Barrel length: 34 inches. All complete and original. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. Scarce Swiss M.1856-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle with a matching serial number bayonet! Serial# 15XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Very Nice Swiss M.1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle with Matching # Bayonet (!)

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2500

Inventory # arc_0625

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Complete with an original socket bayonet, which displays matching serial number! Originally, it was M.1842 smoothbore percussion musket, later it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays maker's markings on the breech mechanism, "Geb. Sulzer". Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the left side of the buttstock and barrel, "GB." (Canton Graubunden, please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" and "Beuret Freres, Liege". The "Crown over BF" markings are also present on the stock, counter plate, trigger guard, buttplate, all barrel bands and on the bayonet! Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets for various Swiss cantons. The rifle has all matching numbers (stamped on the receiver, breech block, barrel and bayonet). All steel furniture. Three steel barrel bands. Flat, musket style steel buttplate. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original, uncleaned condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 57.50 inches. Barrel length: 40.50 inches. All complete and original. The socket bayonet is in excellent condition. Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible condition with a matching serial number bayonet! Serial# 2XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0363

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler rifle converted from percussion M.1863 rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Gebruder Sulzer, Winthertur". These are the markings of the factory that converted the rifle from percussion to breech loading system. The Bern cantonal militia property markings and weapon's number, "10336", are stamped on the back of the barrel, just in front of the rear sight (please, see pictures). The lock plate displays following gun maker's markings, "von Erlach & C. in Thun.". Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. Swiss style rear sight. All steel furniture. Rifle style, "flat" buttplate. Two, military style sling swivels. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 78% of the finish is still present on the metal (turning to brownish color in some places). Some brown patina on the front barrel band and on the trigger guard. Couple of spots of light surface rust on the breech block and on the rear sight. Fading and worn case coloring on the lock plate. Very nice stock with some handling marks, minor dings and light scratches (mostly on the left side of the buttstock). Some oil stains on the left side of the stock, near the middle barrel band. Small hairline crack on the right side of the stock, between the breech block and the hammer (please, see pictures). Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on the stock and metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 54.25 inches. Barrel length: 36.25 inches. All complete and original. Scarce Swiss M.1863-67 Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very collectible condition! Serial# 77XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss Milbank-Amsler Schutzen Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1875

Inventory # arc_0362

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Beautiful Swiss Milbank-Amsler Schutzen rifle! The rifle features an extra long and very heavy octagonal barrel. It was manufactured specifically for Swiss-style long range target shooting. The rifle is a conversion of the M. 1851 Federal Percussion Stutzer. This type of the swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle displays the maker's markings on the barrel, "Widmer Ettiswil". These are the markings of a gun maker who converted the rifle from military to target style. The back of the barrel displays the wording, "Acier Fondu". The lock plate displays a letter, "S". Several Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts of the rifle. The stock does not show any markings. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate. Swiss target style micro-adjustable rear sights (they can be moved on the rail, which is an integral part of the barrel). Target style front sight. Two sling swivels. All steel furniture. The rifle does not have a provision for the cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Low excellent. 92% of the finish is still present on the metal. Some finish is turning to brown color. Nice stock with few handling marks and light scratches. There is a small crack on the left side of the stock near the counter screw. A small block of wood was nicely replaced on the right side of the stock, just below the breech block. There is also a small chip on the right side of the stock just in front the the breech block (please, see pictures). Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Overall length: 54 inches. Barrel length: 34 inches. Scarce and very attractive Swiss breech loading Schutzen rifle! (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer Carbine

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $2250

Inventory # arc_0361

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler stutzer converted from Federal M.1864 percussion stutzer. According to the Swiss sources the stutzer is a type of carbine, although the weapon is long enough to be considered a rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The stutzer displays markings on the lock plate, "F. Schlegel in Locle". These are most likely the markings of the factory, or rather a gunsmith workshop, that converted the carbine from percussion to breech loading system. The lock plate also displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" (Beuret Freres, Liege). Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets, rifles and stutzers for various Swiss cantons. There are no Swiss cantonal militia property markings stamped on the rifle. Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The carbine does not show any serial numbers. Some assembly numbers are stamped on various parts of the carbine. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate and rear sight. The carbine has two military style sling swivels. There is a Swiss style bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel, near the muzzle. All steel furniture. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. 92% of finish is still present on the metal (turning to pleasing brownish color in some places). The lock plate shows about 87% of case coloring. Some wear and light patina on the barrel, near the muzzle. Some light cleaning marks and some metal roughness are visible on the rear sight. The front trigger guard screw is missing. Very nice walnut stock with only few handling marks. No cracks to the stock. Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the carbine are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 50 inches. Barrel length: 30.75 inches. Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer carbine in very collectible condition! (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Swiss M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer Carbine

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0360

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler stutzer converted from Federal M.1864 percussion stutzer. According to the Swiss sources the stutzer is a type of carbine, although the weapon is long enough to be considered a rifle. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The stutzer displays markings on the breech mechanism, "Zoller". These are most likely the markings of the factory, or rather a gunsmith workshop, that converted the carbine from percussion to breech loading system. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" (Beuret Freres, Liege). Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets, rifles and stutzers for various Swiss cantons. Canton Thurgau militia property markings are stamped on the back of the barrel, as well as on the left side of the stock, "383 TH" (please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The carbine does not show any serial/assembly numbers. Double set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate and rear sight. The carbine has two military style sling swivels. All steel furniture. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Fine+ to low excellent. 84% of finish is still present on the metal (turning to pleasing brownish color). Scattered light patina and occasional peppering on metal. Very nice walnut stock with only few handling marks and light dings. No cracks to the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The double set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the carbine are in excellent condition. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. The rear sight's butterfly screw is missing. Overall length: 49.50 inches. Barrel length: 30.50 inches. Scarce Swiss breech loading M.1864-67 Milbank-Amsler Stutzer carbine with canton Thurgau militia markings! (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.75). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

Very Nice Swiss M.1842 T.59-67 Milbank-Amsler Infantry Rifle

Caliber: 18 mm

Price: $2250

Inventory # arc_0357

Pictures:

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Swiss large caliber Milbank-Amsler breech loading rifle in very nice condition! Originally, M.1842 smoothbore percussion musket, later it was converted to rifled percussion musket M.1842 T.59. The rifling was cut in the barrel and the new, modern style rear sights were added. Finally, the rifle was converted to breech loader M.1842 T.59-67 in the late 1860-s. Swinging-block mechanism conversion was approved for the Swiss army issue in December 1863. Originally, the system was patented in the USA by Isaac Milbank, and later it was modified by Rudolf Amsler. Twenty gun makers took part in the Swiss army conversion program. The rifle does not display maker's markings on the breech mechanism. Swiss cantonal militia property markings are stamped on the left side of the stock, just above the counter plate, and on the barrel, in front of the rear sight, "CLG." (in the oval) and the weapon number "1899" (Canton Glarus, please, see pictures). Several other Swiss markings and proofs are stamped on various metal parts and on the stock. The lock plate displays Belgian gun maker markings, "Crown over BF" and "Beuret Freres, Liege". The "Crown over BF" markings are also present on the counter plate, trigger guard, buttplate and on all barrel bands. Belgian gun makers manufactured percussion muskets for various Swiss cantons. The rifle has matching assembly numbers (stamped on the receiver, breech block and rear sight). All steel furniture. Three steel barrel bands. Flat, musket style steel buttplate. Complete with original cleaning rod (ramrod). CONDITION: Excellent. The rifle is in all original, uncleaned condition. The rifle has correct for this model polished metal finish. Some scattered light patina on the metal parts. Very nice and smooth walnut stock with some minor handling marks and light dings. There are no cracks in the stock. Original finish on the wood and metal. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. All the internal parts of the rifle are in excellent condition as well. All the markings on metal and wood are clearly visible. Overall length: 57.50 inches. Barrel length: 40.50 inches. All complete and original. Swiss 18 mm Milbank Amsler rifle in very collectible, original condition! Serial# 18XX. (Ref. "Hand- und Faustfeuerwaffen. Schweizerische Ordonnanz 1817 bis 1975", p.77). (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $45 for this item only).

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Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher Gasior and Kasia Matuszewska-Gasior

P.O. Box 8327 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8327 USA

Telephone/FAX# (540) 374-8124 (orders only!)

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